The selection process has begun for the 2014 89er Queen for Guthrieâ€™s 89er Days Celebration. Â
Candidates will go through an application process and then the Queen Competition, where the girls will compete in horsemanship, appearance, and public speaking.Â The competition is open to girls 15-22, that would make a good ambassador for Guthrieâ€™s annual celebration. The Queen Competition, scheduled Feb. 1, 2014, will be held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie. Judges will include 2012 89er Queen Heather Luckinbill, 2013 89er Queen Jesse Henderson, and 1994 89er Queen Carrie Ann Dennis Fryar. Â
The Queen makes numerous TV, radio, and public appearances throughout the week promoting the 89er Celebration, including participating in the parade and all performances of the rodeo.
This year there will be a Princess Competition as well, immediately following the Queen Competition. Princess candidates need to be 10 to 14 years of age, have good horsemanship skills, and have an ability to speak in frontÂ of small groups of people.
Queens have been a part of Guthrieâ€™s 89er celebration since the 1930â€™s and have a rich tradition. These ladies gather together once a year on the Saturday of the Celebration to share stories and meet the new ambassador for the Celebration. They also ride together in the parade.
For more information about obtaining an application or how to compete for 89er Queen, contact the 89er Queen Committee Chairman, Carrie Fryar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on the official 89er Celebration website atÂ www.89erdays.com.
By Steve Gentling